Jaguar Land Rover has issued an emphatic denial of allegations it used emissions cheat devices in its vehicles and said it will “strongly contest” any legal claims to the contrary.
The Coventry car maker has spoken out after London law firm Leigh Day announced that it is investigating allegations regarding the use of emissions cheat devices against the company as part of a wider action targeting global car makers.
Leigh Day is the first law firm to include Jaguar Land Rover in its portfolio of group claims against motor manufacturers, who are being accused of using cheat devices to pass emissions tests.
The action follows the Volkswagen ‘Dieselgate’ scandal which rocked the automotive industry.
The German car giant has since paid out more than €30 billion in fines, compensation and buyback schemes worldwide since the scandal first broke in 2015.
The company disclosed at the time that it had used illegal software to manipulate the results of diesel emissions tests.
The « defeat devices » which alerted diesel engines when they were being tested. The engine would then change its performance in order to improve the result of the test.
Volkswagen has faced a flurry of legal action worldwide, including the UK.
Leigh Day is currently representing nearly 40,000 drivers of Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Nissan, Renault, Porsche, Vauxhall,Citroen and Peugeot vehicles.
Leigh Day says the allegations relate to a number of Jaguar and Land Rover diesel vehicles.
The Leigh Day claim is being run on a no win-no fee basis.
However Jaguar Land Rover has rebutted the allegations and denied it uses emissions cheat devices or software in any of its vehicles.
The company has also pledged to “strongly contest” any such legal claims.
In a statement it said: “Jaguar Land Rover does not use emissions cheat devices or software in any of its products.
“We have not yet seen any technical evidence in relation to this matter and will strongly contest any claims made by the no win-no fee legal firm.”
Jaguar Land Rover also rubbished test results referred to by Leigh Day.
Leigh Day referred to a 2016 UK Department of Transport report, which it says found higher than permitted NOx (nitrous oxide) emissions in hot track testing for the Jaguar XE, the Land Rover Freelander and Range Rover Sport.
However Jaguar Land Rover has drawn attention to the same report which states: “Importantly our testing has found no evidence that other manufacturers are using software of the type used by Volkswagen.”
Leigh Day has said it believes there are 365,000 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles potentially affected, whose owners could be eligible to join the group claim.
It says the potentially affected models, all diesel, identified so far are:
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover Discovery
Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Evoque
Leigh Day has pointed to a number of tests conducted by regulators, including one by the German VW Commission Enquiry in April 2016, in which it says a Jaguar XE 2.0 was found to be producing NOx at nine times the threshold value in an on the road test.
It said in the same report a Range Rover 3.0 produced 11 times the threshold value during on the road testing.
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